Not my shame

Poem of the Month, September

 

Clare Shaw
Clare Shaw

Not my shame…… Click here

for T.O Walker, author of “Not My Shame” (2016).

 

 

 

 

Not my shadow. Not my street.

Not my footsteps or my feet.

Not my single glaring light.

Not me. Not me.

Not mine.

 

Not my road to walk alone.

Not my family,

not my home.

Not my nowhere left to go.

Not my empty page

 

like snow.

Not my book with no words in it.

Not my song I will not sing it.

Not my path I will not walk it.

Not my giving up.

 

Not my child

with eyes like water.

Not my son and not your daughter.

Not my happy

ever after, never

 

not my love.

Not my story. Not my life.

Not the sound of

sleeping breath. Not my skin

and not my knife

 

but by my fist

and by my flame.

Not my silence.

Not my shame. Not the rain

that streams like tears

 

or winter skies

all bright with stars.

 

 

Clare Shaw is our poet in residence for the congress. She will be posting a poem each month, and will join us live during the congress.

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